Business grants and funding
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The Kent and Medway Growth Hub has a local team of Business Support Navigators that can help you find and access grants and other business support.
- Gov.UK Grant finder »
A list of available grants finance and support for businesses
- Low Carbon Across the South and East (LcCASE) »
A free business support programme which aims to help businesses become more competitive and profitable while protecting the environment and encouraging low carbon solutions. Grants are available up to £10,000.
- South East Business Boost »
Grants between £1,000 - £10,000 for new and existing SMEs (100% start up grants for new businesses).
- No Use Empty loan »
Loans for property owners to convert empty buildings into quality residential housing
- Green Recovery Voucher Scheme »
Kent County Council's Green Recovery Voucher Scheme can help firms build back from the pandemic in a way which is sustainable for the environment. They can redeem a voucher worth up to £1,500 for green goods.
- New Enterprise Allowance »
From the Department for Work and Pensions, the New Enterprise Allowance gives money and help to support to start-up businesses. You need to be receiving certain benefits and have a business idea that could work.
- UnLtd »
UnLtd are a charity that find, fund, and support Social Entrepreneurs to bring their ideas to life and build sustainable social ventures
- Kent and Medway Business Fund »
0% loans between £50,000 and £500,000 for small and medium sized businesses
- Innovation loans »
0% loans to small and medium sized businesses
- Kent Life Science Fund (KLSF) »
A fund that invests in small high-growth companies active in life sciences.
- Start Up Loan »
Low interest loans for pre-start and early stage businesses. Borrow up to £25,000 at a 6% fixed interest rate
Starting a business
There are different regulations and regulatory bodies that you need to deal with, depending on the kind of business you are creating.
It is your responsibility to find out what regulations are relevant to you and what you need to do, rather than risk fines or your business having to close. The Better Business for All website provides guidance on a wide range of subjects and includes: